Mary Ann Lacanilao

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6 Street Food Blogs to Follow Around the World

Culinary options are more than just an important part of the local culture. For many people, food is reason enough to travel. Whenever I arrived in a …

Street Food

JR rail pass to be available in Japan, ending frustration for tardy tourists

Cries of “dang” have long rung out from the nation’s major railway stations as foreign visitors find Japan Rail Pass vouchers are unavailable after …

Japan

Thai-Style Crab Fried Rice Recipe

Southeast Asia is a great place for crab lovers, and there aren't many better ways to eat it than in Thai <i>khao phat buu</i>—fried rice with crab, made with fragrant jasmine rice that's gently seasoned with garlic and chilies, then tossed with scrambled egg, picked crabmeat, and scallions, finished with …

20 kitchen techniques that guests taught us that we still use today

Over the last two decades, we've learned a lot of essential kitchen techniques from our guests. In celebration of our 600th episode, here are 20 …

Flavors

What to Do in Seoul, South Korea

Take a tour with Ken Lee of the best food and sites to experience in Seoul, from tasty street food to secret villages and stunning park views.

Cherry blossom season begins in Tokyo

One Simple Act That Can Change How You Travel

<i>Of all places in the world, Japan</i> would <i>have a combination vintage furniture store/pour-over coffee shop,</i> I thought to myself, as we stood in front of the window display of Artek stools.<p>It was January in Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa prefecture, and after a several-hours-long walk in …

Japan

Exploring the Last of Japan’s Beautiful Meiji-Era Hotels

Fans of modern Japanese luxury accommodations can thank Emperor Meiji for the experience. In 1868, he decided to westernize Japan, setting up …

Japan

This App Lets You Fly Unlimited Flights for a Flat Monthly Fee

The Netflix of jet-setting.<p>Love flying? Hate fluctuating air fares? Travel for business constantly or have tons of free time on your hands? There’s lots of reasons to download and sign up to OneGo — a new subscription-based air flight program. The app will allow users to fly an unlimited amount of …

How to backpack through 14 European cities

Backpacking through Europe is about being impulsive, right? It's about train-hopping and wanderlust, about getting lost in random cities and hooking up with Australians in dodgy youth hostels. It's also about doing and seeing some really cool stuff that you can then regale your friends back home …

7 incredible Japanese destinations that tourists haven’t discovered yet

Japan is often known by tourists for its most popular attractions, like Mount Fuji, the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and its amazing shrines and temples.<p>But there's a lot more to the island nation than that.<p>We took a look at a Quora thread that asked, "what are some of Japan's best kept secrets," and …

You Think You Have It Bad? Here's One Of The Snowiest Places On Earth

Ok, we know we know. It's snowing...<i>again</i>. We get it. But these poor folks over in Japan get dumped on annually, sometimes with 50 to 60 feet of snow in a typical year, according to the video below. (For some perspective, they had nearly 17 feet of snow on the ground in January of this year.)<p>On the …

31 Things You Should Eat In Seoul

South Korea is so much more than kimchi.<p>The Anthony Bourdain wannabes of the world consistently rank Singapore as the number one destination for true food adventures, but Seoul should be right up there as well. The eating's that good. It's so good that we couldn't narrow our favorite South Korean …

Teacher small face: On beauty in South Korea

Last month I had my eyes measured by a 15-year-old boy. “Teacher, big eyes,” he said as he came toward me with a ruler. In a moment of awkward …

Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

Japan

10 beguiling Konglish terms

South Korea is one of those places where the English language has been adopted in a hectic, freewheeling manner, so that over the years a unique …

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Japan

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Kimberley Magain. Of her photo she says:<p>“Many hikers say a prayer at the Sengen Shrine in Fujiyoshida before they take on Mount Fuji. The shrine is a magical place of stillness and introspection in a country renowned for its hyperactive energy. We …

Celebrating 50 years of Japan's Shinkansen 'bullet train'

It wasn’t the world’s first high-speed train, but when the Shinkansen debuted in 1964, its sleek, futuristic design and to-the-second punctuality resulted in it being coined ‘the bullet train’, making Japan’s railways the envy of the world.<p>Half a century later, travelling Japan by rail remains a …

Japan

Japan's top 10 culinary locations

Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as <i>washoku</i> – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured. A journey around Japan reveals the wisdom of Unesco’s decision: every corner of the …

Japan

How to eat ramen like a pro

JAPANESE <b>RAMEN ラーメン</b> is the type of food anyone can eat. It’s affordable, simple, and doesn’t have any pretense. Originally sold as a casual meal for …

Japan dos and don'ts: etiquette tips for first-time travellers

Japan is warm and welcoming to travellers, but its unique culture can be as inscrutable as it is intriguing for the first-time visitor. To help create a faux-pas-free journey, arm yourself with a few of these handy etiquette tips before your trip: from when to bow and take your shoes off, to when …

Japan

The High Art of Ramen in Tokyo

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>When someone mentions ramen, you probably think of those store-bought dried noodles you bring to life with boiling water and a packet of spices.<p>In <b>Tokyo</b>, ramen noodle soup is not fast food; it’s an art form.<p>Complexly flavored, the perfect bowl of ramen combines clear broth …

11 tips for your Japan trip | CNN Travel

Where to find Kyoto’s glow

After the sun goes down, geishas recede behind closed doors and teahouses shut down for the night, the ancient Japanese city offers spectacular nighttime charms.<p>Few visitors come to Kyoto for the nightlife. With traditional teahouses, countless <i>kōyō</i> (maple trees) and <i>sakura</i> (cherry blossoms) and 17 …

29 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Japan

On my last day in Japan, I woke up in one of those crazy capsule hotels and, after indulging in some sweet libations from Mr. Donut, took to the streets of Tokyo's Shinjuku district during the middle of the morning rush.<p>I was just one of millions of people strolling through the center of the …

Sukiyabashi Jiro, the Tokyo sushi restaurant where Obama ate | CNN Travel